Second Lawsuit Filed Over Fatal Texas Charter Bus Crash


Posted on 19th April 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A second passenger who was injured in a Texas bus crash that killed two people has filed suit against the bus operator, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The latest lawsuit was filed Wednesday by Patricia Markham in Tarrant County civil court, and it alleges that Cardinal Coach Line Inc. and its bus driver were negligent, the newspaper reported.

Markham just got out of a Dallas hospital where she was sent after last week’s accident, when a bus headed for a casino in Oklahoma veered across a highway in Irving, Texas, hit a concrete barriers and turned over on it side. Two passengers were killed.

On Monday passenger Charlotte Reed filed a negligence suit stemming from the accident, the Star-Telegram reported. She had three broken ribs from the crash.

Markham’s lawsuit charges that bus driver Loyd Rieve didn’t control his speed, didn’t brake and didn’t inspect the bus before driving it, according to the Star-Telegram.

The suit also claims that Cardinal Coach didn’t inspect the bus and that it hired unfit employees, as well as not installing “proper parts,” tires included, on the vehicle, the newspaper reported.


Texas Charter Bus Crash Kills 2, Injures 41


Posted on 11th April 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Two people were killed and 41 others were injured when a charter bus crashed Thursday morning in Irving, Texas, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The bus was traveling on Texas 161 at Belt Line Road when it suddenly veered right and struck a rubber barrier, the newspaper reported. It then moved to the left, going across two lanes and then hitting a concrete barrier, falling on its side. According to the Star-Telegram, one passenger said the bus may have had a tire blowout, causing the crash.

The two fatalities were passengers Paula Hahn, 69, of Fort Worth and Sue Taylor, 81, of Hurst, the newspaper said. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Other passengers were taken to local hospitals, with four in critical condition.

The bus was on its way to the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla., and its passengers were mostly senior citizens, according to the Star-Telegram.

The bus was operated by Cardinal Coach Lines of Grand Prairie.

The National Safety Transportation Board is investigating the accident.




Pa. Bus Crash Kills Pregnant Coach, Driver


Posted on 16th March 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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There has been a second fatal crash of a bus carrying a college lacrosse team, with the  latest one killing a pregnant coach, her unborn infant and the bus driver, according to the Associated Press.

On Saturday about 9 a.m. a bus carrying the Seton Hill University lacrosse team went off the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Carlisle, Pa., and crashed into a tree, AP reported.

Coach Kristina Quigley, 30, of Greensburg, Pa., was transported by air to a hospital, where she died. She had been six months pregnant and her unborn baby also died, according to AP. The bus driver, 61-year-old Anthony Guaetta of Johnstown was dead at the scene.

There had been 23 passengers aboard the bus, which was en route to play a game at Millersville University. That lacrosse game, and one scheduled for Sunday, were both cancelled.

Authorities didn’t know the cause of the accident, which sheared off the left side of the bus, AP reported. The bus was operated by Mlaker Charter & Tours of Davidsville, Pa.

A bus carrying a lacrosse team from a Vermont college and a sports car collided Tuesday in Upstate New York, leaving a passenger in the car dead.


Lacrosse Team Bus Crashes In Upstate N.Y.


Posted on 12th March 2013 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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A Porsche skidded across a wet highway in Upstate New York Tuesday, hitting a bus that was carrying a college lacrosse team and flipping it on its side, according to USA Today.

A passenger in the Porsche was killed but all 38 people on the bus — 34 lacrosse players, a trainer, two coaches and the driver — survived. Four players suffered minor injuries, USA Today reported. The victim in the Porsche was a 64-year-old woman, and the driver, a 65-year-old man, was in the hospital with critical injuries.

The lacrosse team from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt., was en route to a match in Westchester County, N.Y. The team’s bus was on Interstate 87 in Clifton Park, N.Y., and it was raining, USA Today reported.

According to witnesses, the Porsche passed the bus but the driver lost control, and the car wound up right in the bus’s path, according to USA Today. The bus fell on its side and ended up in a ditch.

There was also a third vehicle involved in the accident.

Six Killed In Greyhound Bus Crash In Fresno, Calif.


Posted on 22nd July 2010 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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Six people were killed and more than 30 injured in a Greyhound bus crash early Thursday morning on Highway 99 in Fresno, Calif., according to press reports. The dead included the bus driver.

The bus was going from Los Angeles to Sacramento on Highway 99 when it suddently encountered a disabled vehicle at about 2 a.m. A Chevy Trailblazer had flipped over in a single-vehicle accident. The bus veered to avoid hitting the SUV, and instead struck a car and went off the road.

The bus then hit a concrete center divider and then a eucalyptus tree, and stopped. This all took place at the McKinley Avenue off-ramp.

Five people were dead inside the bus, which carried 47 passengers, and one died later at a hospital, according to the Los Angeles Times. It also reported that four other people suffered major injuries and were in critical condition and six had minor injuries. 

Police closed the northbound lanes of Highway 99 at Olive Avenue as they went on with their investigation.